Ivor Archie defers trip to Washington …”CARMONA MUST EXPLAIN”

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Chief Justice Ivor Archie will not be going on his sabbatical to the United States on Sunday.

Instead, he has agreed to remain in Trinidad so outgoing President can say why he granted the leave. Carmona is away for six days.

Acting President Christine Kangaloo, in a news release on Friday, confirmed that she had communicated with Archie and he had agreed to defer his departure.

The request for the deferral, according to a release from President’s House, was to enable further communication in relation to the letter which Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley sent to the President on March 7. The Prime Minister is seeking clarification on the authority under which Carmona granted the Archie sabbatical leave.

In his letter to the President, Archie informed Carmona that the Federal Judicial Centre in Washington DC had approved his application to be its visiting foreign judicial fellow for a period of up to six months in 2018. He pointed to the 98th Report of the Salaries Review Commission, which recommended that officers in the higher judiciary be eligible for a maximum of six months sabbatical leave after a minimum of seven years continuous service.

In 2014, Archie said the judges of the Supreme Court approved “in principle” a draft internal policy on the approval of sabbatical leave.

Archie said he was “seeking Your Excellency’s approval to be away from the jurisdiction on sabbatical leave from March to August 2018,” adding he will return in time for the opening of the 2018-2019 law term.

As a result of the deferral, Archie will continue in office as Chief Justice until further notice.

Carmona is leaving office on March 18.

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